A Relaxing Labor Day Spent at Cedar Bluff State Park

Sunshine warms you and a wisp of a breeze carries the first scent of fall. The birds are chirping as waves roll across a sandy beach. So often this is the daydream we imagine as we sit behind a desk. It’s a paradise we believe is a million miles away, but not this Labor Day weekend!

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Photo courtesy of Cedar Bluff State Park

Cedar Bluff State Park is the perfect place to recharge this Labor Day weekend. With the amount of rain we’ve had this year the water is high, the bluffs are green and the wildflowers have brightened up the landscape.

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Photo courtesy of Cedar Bluff State Park

There’s plenty of open water for jet skiing, wind-surfing, wake boarding, swimming, and fishing.

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Photo courtesy of Cedar Bluff State Park

Agave Ridge Trail on the lake’s south shore will be open for people who are looking to get close to nature on an even, open trail, and birders have a great chance to spot some of their favorite species at Page Creek.

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Photo courtesy of Cedar Bluff State Park

Bring your picnic basket. There are plenty of spaces to sit down together with family and friends to enjoy a bite under the shade of a tree.

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Photo courtesy of Cedar Bluff State Park

Our campgrounds will be lively with the great people who’ve made Cedar Bluff their home away from home all summer long. You’ll find a sandy beach area and a full service shower house there, making it one of the park’s most active spots.

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Photo courtesy of Cedar Bluff State Park

Stop to smell the Maximilian sunflowers. They are a bright spark of color just outside the door of the rentable cabins and they beautifully compliment the blue water of Cedar Bluff.

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Photo courtesy of WaKeeney.org

At the end of the day, take in the awe-inspiring site of a Western Kansas sunset. Our state is famous for being one of the best places in the world to watch this amazing daily event, and we couldn’t agree more.

This Labor Day give yourself a break by spending the day outside at Cedar Bluff State Park. It’s the perfect ending to this amazing summer!

Get Back-to-School Ready in Downtown WaKeeney

Backpacks, notebooks, pencils and pens; teachers across the country have made their lists and checked it twice to make sure all the supplies your child will need will be right at hand throughout the year. Get your back-to-school shopping completed with a trip to Downtown WaKeeney and your kids will all set for school before that first bell rings!

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For School Supplies

You’ll find pencils, pens, and notebooks to fit every grade level at Gibson’s Healthmart. Teens can put their best face forward with a few products from their extensive cosmetics line. And, don’t forget the teacher! Give her a good start to the year with the gift of a candle, picture frame or a box of candies.



For Your At-Home Study Space

Power up your home study space with batteries and lamps that will be ready when it’s time to hit the books. At Keyser True Value Hardware you’ll find desk lamps with embedded USB ports and every kind of battery to charge all the equipment your student requires.

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For On-the-Go Snacks

Make your way down the aisles of Heartland Foods to stock up on after school snacks. Whether you pack a lunch or need grab-and-go snacks to hold them over during afterschool practice, you’ll find a wide variety of healthy options throughout the store, plus, any last minute supplies, too!

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For Your Best Look

 Make an appointment with any of our great hair salons to get that fresh, first-day-of-school look for your kids. Any of our great salons, New Creation Style Salon, Vintage Soul, & Shear Designs Salon & Boutique will refine that summer look they’ve cultivated with the latest haircuts and colors. While you’re there make an appointment for yourself to celebrate the end of summer with a massage, facial, or mani-pedi.


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For A Special Treat

 Reward that successful first day with a trip to the Dollar General and let your kids pick out a special treat to celebrate the start of a great new school year. Toys, candy and even the large size box of crayons are there for them to have their pick.

When you go searching for your school supplies plan a stop in WaKeeney, where you’ll find all you’ll need to start the year off right!

One Perfect Shot at Big Creek Golf Course

You line it up just right. You raise your club. You wind up your back swing, then—wham! You’ve just teed off at Big Creek Golf Course.

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Photo courtesy of Big Creek Golf Course.

WaKeeney’s public golf course offers players nine holes of challenging play on a rolling prairie landscape with native Buffalo grass fairways and lush, close-cropped watered greens and tees. With a yardage of 6251, a slope of 122 and a rating of 69.6, you’ll have the opportunity to send that ball sailing in an arc across the big, beautiful prairie sky.

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Photo courtesy of Big Creek Golf Course.

Before you start get some practice in at the driving range and putting green. It’s a great place to get your kids interested in the game or work out the kinks in your own swing.

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Photo courtesy of Big Creek Golf Course.

Then hit the course to take on its challenging length and the elevation changes that golfers find while playing at our course. The twists and turns you’ll encounter along the way will present opportunities to try new strategies on your journey to the green.

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Photo courtesy of Big Creek Golf Course.

Big Creek Golf Course is a member of the Kansas Golf Association, and the 70-par course regularly hosts tournaments and events throughout the year. Carts are available to rent and an on-site clubhouse offers a nice respite between the first nine holes and the second.

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Photo courtesy of Big Creek Golf Course.

Next time you’re ready for a challenging game of golf turn your car toward Big Creek Golf Course, 1 mile south from WaKeeney’s I-70 Exit 127.  The course is waiting to challenge your golf game and provide a great day outdoors.

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Photo courtesy of Big Creek Golf Course.

Say Goodbye to Summer with a Splash at the WaKeeney Water Park

The sun is high and the temperature grows. It’s the dog days of summer in Trego County and the perfect time to cool off at the WaKeeney Water Park!

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Photo courtesy of WaKeeney.org.

When I was a kid my summer was spent at the pool. It was a large rectangular one back then with a low, bouncy diving board and the tall “Tower” that only the bravest would jump from. Today’s visitors will find a much-updated watery playground that offers many different places to find fun in the sun.

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Photo courtesy of Shelly Deutscher Essary.

Along with a new diving board, two water slides deliver swimmers into the deep end and fountains shoot arcs of water at the edge of a zero-depth, beach-like entry. Beach umbrellas cast shade over the shallow areas and lap lanes are ready when you want to race through the water. But watch out above for our resident parrot perched high on the dunking bucket or he’ll surprise you with a drenching from above.

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Photo courtesy of Dena Weigel Bell.

Our new water park has been a center for summer fun in our town since 2007. With an easily accessible bathhouse and an on-site concession stand, it’s the perfect place for everyone to catch the last days of summer.

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Photo courtesy of WaKeeney.org.

A few steps away you’ll find more outdoor activities in the adjoining park where a picnic shelter, public restrooms and two playgrounds geared to different age groups are waiting to be explored.

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Photo courtesy of WaKeeney.org.

Get the most of out these dog days of summer with a dip in the pool at the WaKeeney Water Park! It’s open daily until August 21st from 1-5pm throughout the week, with night swims on Tuesday and Thursday from 6-8pm.

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Photo courtesy of Shelly Deutscher Essary.

Wake Up Refreshed at WaKeeney’s Best Western Plus Inn & Suites

The alarm goes off and it’s time to hit the road. You know you’ve got a day behind the wheel ahead of you and you want to start it off right. If you’re staying at the Best Western Plus WaKeeney’s Inn & Suites you know you’ll be ready for anything with a great night’s sleep, a hearty breakfast and a friendly wave as you head out the door.


WaKeeney’s Best Western is ready to help you prepare for your day, whether you’re staying one, two, three nights, or more. Their comfortable beds provide a soft spot to lay your head and the next morning you’ll waken to one of Western Kansas’s beautiful sunrises just outside your window!

Head on down to the in-house exercise room to get your blood pumping and your spirits soaring. There are several different pieces of equipment to give you options and a TV to let you catch up on the latest news while you work out.

After your workout head back to your room to for a hot shower and check your emails over the hotel’s free WiFi.

Before you check out stock up on a hearty meal in the hotel’s breakfast bar. The free breakfast that includes stacks of waffles, fresh fruits, flaky pastries, cereal, yogurt, cold juices and 100% Arabica coffee, too!

The friendly staff at the Best Western will be on hand to help you with anything else you need to get your day started. With a welcoming hand and a warm smile, they are your go-to people when you find yourself needing that one last copy made or directions to your next appointment.

Whether you are on the road with your family or for your business, you can count on WaKeeney’s Best Western Plus Inn & Suites to help you take on your day with a good night’s sleep and smile on your face!




Fun and Games at the Trego County Free Fair

For over a hundred years the Trego County Free Fair has been the grand event of summer in our community. The rides, the bright lights, the music! Well, all your favorite fair events are back again this year, plus, lots more!

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Four Nights of Music on the Free Stage

Put your dancing boots on and kick up your heels to four nights of music outside, under the stars at our free stage!

  • State Line Drive Band (Wed. July 27)  – The country-pop group, State Line Drive Band, comes from Kansas City and have garnered many fans across the state.
  • 80s DJ (Thurs. July 28)  – Roll your jeans and tease your hair because the 80s are featured on our dance patio when the DJ spins the top forty from the “decade of decadence.”
  • Three x Seven (Fri. July 29)  – Hometown band, Three x Seven, will be playing all the best rock music from the 1960s to the present. From Led Zeppelin, to the Foo Fighters, lovers of rock will be “livin’ for the weekend!”
  • Wrong Way Jack (Sat. July 30)  – Fun music and good times always follow Wrong Way Jack. He combines “southern groovy rock and dirty metal country” to turn out one rip-roarin’ good time!

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The Pride of Texas Carnival (Wed. July 27)

The Pride of Texas carnival will come to life on the Midway with games, food, and over 20 wild rides designed for all ages. Thrill seekers will love the Tornado, Vertigo, and the Kamikaze and little kids can take a whirl on the carousel or merry-go-rounds featuring tractors, jeeps, motorcycles, or ATVs. And for those who love the traditional carnival rides, the Pride of Texas has saved a seat on the Ferris wheel just for you!

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Cody Johnson in Concert (Fri. July29)

Cody Johnson, with his deep baritone and love of outlaw country music, rose to fame fast with his first album, Cowboy Like Me. Now, with four albums under his belt buckle, he is well equipped to put on a great show inside our fairground’s grandstands.

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The Trego County Fair Parade (Sat. July 30)

Get out the lawn chairs and follow the crowd to Downtown WaKeeney for the Trego County Fair Parade. From bicycles to tractors, the parade is jammed packed with fun for the whole family. There’ll be horses, dancers, antique cars and farm equipment, and you might even spot a friend from your high school days riding on one of the TCHS class reunion floats!

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And, more!

There’s much, much more to experience at the 2016 Trego County Free Fair. Check the official schedule for more information about activities for the kids, a fair sponsored Cowboy church service, Bucket Calf Bingo, and the Muddy Pig Brawl.

We’ll see you on the Midway at the Trego County Free Fair!

Put Your Talents to the Test at the Trego County Free Fair

Trego - Fair1Everyone has a hidden talent. Gardening, baking, arts and crafts. Maybe you’ve raised a calf or built a rocket. At the 2016 Trego County Free Fair you can show off your talents in a weeklong series of friendly competition.

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This is the 106th year of the Trego County Free Fair and the 4-H, FFA, and Open Class exhibitions are honoring that long history with competitions that will be “Plowing Up the Past & Blasting Into the Future.”

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From animal husbandry to astronomy, this year’s range of categories illustrates the broad spectrum of interests the people of our county pursue.

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In the arenas you can witness the mastery of man over beast at the livestock shows and riding exhibitions.

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And, in our historic Trego County Exhibition Hall and the 4-H Building anxious competitors will be sitting on the edge of their seats, waiting to see who will receive the Grand Champion ribbon for projects they’ve been working on throughout the year.

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Please join us, as a competitor, a witness, or both, at the many competitions that will take place during the Trego County Free Fair from Tuesday, July 26th to Sunday, July 31st.* The Official Schedule will keep you up to date on where to find your favorites, and if you want to enter a project of your own you can find out more information in the Trego County Fair Book.

*The 4-H Construction and Buymanship Judging and the Public Style Review at the Methodist Church will be held on Friday, July 22nd.

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